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Bad Blonde (1953)

The Flanagan Boy (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Sport | 10 April 1953 (USA)
A scheming blonde seduces a fighter and convinces him to murder her husband, a fight manager.

Director:

Reginald Le Borg

Writers:

Max Catto (novel), Guy Elmes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Barbara Payton ... Lorna Vecchi
Frederick Valk Frederick Valk ... Giuseppe Vecchi
John Slater ... Charlie Sullivan
Sidney James ... Sharkey
Tony Wright ... Johnny Flanagan
Marie Burke ... Mother Vecchi
Selma Vaz Dias Selma Vaz Dias ... Mrs. Corelli - Vecchi's Sister
Enzo Coticchia Enzo Coticchia ... Mr. Corelli
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A scheming blonde seduces a fighter and convinces him to murder her husband, a fight manager.

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She's not a pickup or a pushover, she's more dangerous than either! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

10 April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Blonde See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in Berlin - Ecke Schönhauser (1957) See more »

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Not bad, but haven't we seen this before?
26 January 2002 | by youroldpaljimSee all my reviews

Johnny Flanagan is young fighter from the streets of Liverpool discovered by middle aged fight manager Giuseppi Vecchi. Vecchi has a young sexy gold digging blonde wife named Lorna who sets her sights on the handsome young Johnny. At first Johnny rejects her advances, but Johnny soon falls in love with her. Lorna tricks Johnny into thinking she is carrying Johnny's baby so she can convince him to knock off Giuseppie, which he reluctantly does. However, Giuseppi's brother, sister and mother arrive from Italy for the funeral. Giuseppi's mother, who resembles Marty Feldman in drag endowed with the evil eye, suspects Lorna is up to no good and tells Johnny Lorna is lying about being pregnant. She tells Lorna fate will catch up with her, and that it does.

If all this sounds familiar, it should. THE FLANAGAN BOY (aka BAD BLONDE) is a reworking of THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE with elements of a boxing drama inserted. The performances are okay, with Sidney James giving a performance that is much more than that. Overall, not a bad reworking of a familiar theme, but nothing special either.


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